GARDEN CITY, Kan. – The Butler football team put up a season-high 648 yards of offense and scored the final 49 points of the game in a 56-6 road win over Garden City at Broncbuster Stadium.
Butler scored on its first offensive play of the game – a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Damarcus Smith to receiver Marquel Wade. Butler got the ball back and drove into Garden City territory but failed on convert on a fake punt on fourth down.
The Broncbusters took advantage, driving 70 yards and scoring on a 19-yard screen pass from Graham to Deondre Cooksey. The extra point was blocked and Butler clung to a narrow 7-6 lead.
The Grizzlies would turn the ball over on both of their next two possessions, but the defense held Garden City each time, blocking a field goal on the second drive.
Butler turned around and drove the ball into the red zone, converting on a field goal of its own. The 28-yard kick was the longest of the season for kicker AJ Larocca and put Butler up 10-6.
The Grizzlies would get one last touchdown in the first half, getting a four-yard run by Ja'Mon Cotton with 19 seconds left before halftime. The extra point was missed, but Butler had a 16-6 lead at intermission.
Butler dominated the second half, scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions in the third quarter with a 25-yard pass from Damarcus Smith to Bryce Chavis, a 23-yard run by Dalton Buehler and a 1-yard run by Kickobe McCrary.
Damarcus Smith completed 22 of 33 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns, while Joel Blumenthal completed 8 or 9 passes for 93 yards.
The Grizzlies, now 6-3 on the season and 4-2 in Jayhawk Conference play, reamin on the road for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Highland next week. The Scotties are 5-4 after falling to Hutchinson and Coffeyville in the previous two weeks.